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Batman: The Killing Joke Movie Review

By on September 3, 2016

DC comics is desperate for relevance. This is the comic book giant sharing it’s weakness with the masses. This time around Batman: The Killing Joke is the latest example, DC trying too hard and failing at what should be a slam dunk.

The Killing Joke is an adaptation of the classic Alan Moore graphic novel of the same name. The 1988 novel shows how Joker attempts to drive Commissioner Jim Gordon mad and not forgetting the iconic moment when Barbra Gordon (Batgirl) been shot and crippled by Joker. The rest is standard comic book storytelling, Batman show up saves the day the end.

The book is a freak show that the Joker hosts in an attempt to break Jim Gordon. The movie goes to avenues that are completely unnecessary to the big picture. The first half of the movie is Batgirl narrate the story talking about her relationship with Batman, how it’s like to be his student in the crime fighting business. The bit that plays out is not related to the Joker in any way shape or form, it’s the Bat Family chasing a petty boy gangster…

…then Batman has sex with Batgirl.

Ok? Then the Joker plot kicks in.

By the time this plays out, I’ve lost interest in the movie all together. Glad to hear Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprise their classic roles as Batman and Joker respectively, but the pacing and pointless first act suck the life out of this gem. It resembles Watchmen, the book is great but when put on screen it losses it’s magic.

This brings me back to the relevance issue. DC wants to keep reminding audiences and fans about its past gems. The Death of Superman had no business been in Batman v Superman but just to remind us that they did it in the books then why not on screen. Angry-killer Batman from the same movie did not need to resemble the Dark Knight Returns Batman, but just to remind the audience that they did it in the books then why not. DC needs to put the classics to rest and do what works. The Killing Joke is a great read, but what comes next? Is the business model to make moving pictures from the golden era of DC comic panels?

Hands down the DC animated movies are the best by far, but what comes next? This is the worse one yet (considering JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time). The first act ruins the big idea, fan or not, you have to agree that the book is better.

Have you seen Batman: The Killing Joke, What did you think? Let me know in the comments.

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Is Batman: The Killing Joke good? no • Is it better than Justice League vs. Teen Titans? That's for you to decide • Do we rate movies on this site? Yes, and Batman: The Killing Joke gets

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